Movies for Mommies 2 for 1 Deal

Movies For Mommies

Movies for Mommies

Special Offer from Movies for Mommies. Next Wednesday March 26th at the fox cinema in the beaches Movies for Mommies is offering  2 for 1 offer with a minimum of 15 moms. That’s right, show up with your mommy friends and get a 2 for 1 price!! What a great deal. Email laura@mommyconnections.ca to confirm.

Next week the screening will be American Hustle starring Christian Bale and Amy Adams. MFM is an afternoon of decadence for you to enjoy in a baby friendly way. What does that mean? All our films run with reduced sound levels, loud enough to hear, but soft enough to protect sensitive little ears. If it’s your first time taking your little film critic to see a movie, here is some info to make you’re outing awesome.

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Arrive a few minutes early so you have time to receive your membership card, and all your free samples Don’t be shy! If you don’t have a friend to go with, lots of moms come with their babies and meet other new moms at the show Dad’s & Grandparents are people too! MFM welcomes all parents, grandparents, friends and caregivers. Splurge – that theatre popcorn is SO good, treat yourself. Enjoy the show!

How many classes have you wanted to register but you weren’t sure if you’d like it, baby would be screaming the whole time, naps might be affected? Well we’ve decided to give you a chance to try our first class for FREE.  Come check out our class, see if you like it and then you can decide to register after that.

Our first class has amazing presenters like Fun with Music Together and Dara from Belly Bootcamp. Don’t miss the awesome music demo as well as fitness/workout tips from the fabulous Dara.

Please email laura@mommyconnections.ca if you plan on attending

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For more information check out our class dates

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Most people have a great story on how they shared the exciting news that they were pregnant.  Check out the great story from our very own Mommy Connections Founder, Carol McBee.  Add in the blog comments below a short story of your own to enter to win!  Winner will receive an amazing nursing wear prize package from CoverBoo Couture!

I was on a holiday to South Carolina and I felt terrible nearly the entire time.  I was sick constantly and when our good friends had a baby in Tennessee, we made the 9 hour trek to meet their new baby during our holiday and I got to visit nearly every other ditch and rest stop along the way!  I vividly remember grumpily telling the baggage counter person at the airport during our departure that I had the flu and had a terrible holiday!  When we got home, it suddenly occurred to me that I should take a pregnancy test.  I nearly fell over when I found out!  That night, we went to my mom’s house for dinner.  I brought my laptop to show them a slideshow of photos from our trip.  The last picture was the pregnancy test!  It was a great way to share the news.

~Carol – Mommy Connections President

To ENTER simply leave your own brief story below! Please leave your first name, email address and the City & Country you are from.  One prize will be given away to a Canadian resident and the other to an American resident and the winner will be chosen at random and posted and contacted on MARCH 30.  Good luck!

 

My Child, My City: November 2011 East

Direct Link: http://littlepaper.com/my-child-my-city-november-2011-east

 

MY CHILD, MY CITY – Jackie and her little man, Holden, 7 months old

Jackie is new to the Little Paper but plans to pick up her copy at the Jimmie Simpson Rec Centre.

One of Jackie & Holden’s activities includes attending ‘Mommy Connections’ hosted at Lil’Bean and Green. ”It’s $120 for an eight week session but we’re getting a lot out of it. Each week, two presenters come in to share information and promote their businesses. Just last week we had someone from a belly boot-camp, as well as a baby sign-language class join us… as a participant you get lots of demos, free passes, door-prizes and coupons and the group has babies of all ages so I get to see the development and changes in babies across the board.”

How and where do you meet other parents?
Have you found it easy or hard to find great stuff to do in your neighbourhood?
“Leslieville is BABYVILLE! It’s crazy! I didn’t put myself out there much during the summer but once I saw the leaves turning I started to make an effort and it’s really easy in this ‘hood. We’ve met people at Jimmie Simpson Rec Centre at the free Swim for Babies. I’ve also kept in touch with my post-natal class at the East General Hospital; I run into the moms all the time – and we have our own group on Facebook! We’re all in the same situation – I truly feel like arms are open wide when it comes to helping out fellow moms and dads new to this stage of life.”

What is the best part about being a parent? What is the biggest challenge you face as a parent?
“Best part: Seeing my parents’ features and characteristics live on through my child (they never got to meet him).  Biggest Challenge: Never knowing if, but hoping, I’m doing the right thing. Every day.”

Best place in your neighbourhood for a slide and a swing? A coffee/tea?
“The Leslie Grove Park; it has the best teeter totter, wading pool and coffee shops around. There’s also Greenwood Park: amazing pool, fountains and, in the wintertime, skating.
As for coffee “the people without babies would like me to say Lil’ Bean and Green. The truth is…TEARO COFFEE!!!! It’s spacious and so, so delicious. (Just remember to ask for your coffees ‘extra hot’.)”

 

Our Fall Program will now have Post-Natal & Toddler Connections classes!

Learn. Connect. Socialize.

Mommy Connections East Toronto introduces you to programs and services available within your community. Our classes provide a unique learning opportunity as well as a fun way to bond with your child and other moms in a social environment. Each week’s class offers a topic that is important to a new mom as well as something for moms to do with babies. This allows for a unique bonding opportunity with your little one while still fulfilling your need to obtain information and be social with other moms experiencing the same challenges, fears and excitement. We provide educational and social connections for the modern family before baby and beyond.

Post Natal Program Engaging new moms and babies through an interactive and educational weekly program.
Our post-natal program offers moms a unique opportunity to bond with their child as well as learn about other programming and services offerings in their community. Each week’s classes offers a topic that is important to a new moms as well as something for moms to do with their babies. This allows for a unique bonding opportunity with baby while still fulfilling the moms need to obtain information and be social with other moms experiencing the same challenges, fears and excitement. There are 3 different classes to choose from.

Toddlers Connections (NEW!) – A uniquely structured weekly program offers a place for both moms and toddlers to play, learn and develop.
As our newest offering, Toddler Connections will provide a more unique structure for moms and their toddlers. This unique set-up allows moms to listen and chat within the discussion, while their toddlers play in a safe environment.

Click Here to register or to view more information

 

Being the mom to a little boy who is… well… he is far from being little; I unfortunately had to learn the hard way the importance of ensuring that you lift and carry your child correctly. Earlier this year I suffered an injury to my arm that was so sever I was left unable to take care of my son on my own. For weeks I had to have someone with me 24/7 to help me take care of him.

The tips shared in this Guest Blog Post by Dr. Roop Patel BSC(Hons.) DC from energyXchange’s Blog are things that we all need to keep in mind to prevent such injuries.

Toting Tots – You were up all night, the baby was crying and now the telephone is ringing. Sound familiar? For most parents, this is a daily scenario. Parents are continually faced with strenuous physical demands such as chasing, lifting, feeding, and comforting their child which can be the perfect formula for body aches and pains.

Studies have shown that parenthood is a proven risk factor for back problems. The mechanism leading to back pain is believed to be associated with the repetitive lifting of children. Considerthe fact that parents may be lifting a 7-10 pound baby 50 times a day. By 12 months the child weighs approximately 17-pounds, and at 2 years, that child has become a 25-30 pound toddler.What’s a parent to do? Well, here are some simple tips that can help parents avoid aches, sprains, and strains.

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Dara Duff-Bergeron is a veteran personal trainer and respected fitness expert.  In this post she is sharing with us the importance of Hydration during these summer months.

Summertime and the living’s easy…

It’s everyone’s favourite time of year!  It’s the season for outdoor workouts, playdates at the park and long walks with our little ones.  Sunshine, rising temperatures and humidity… we look forward to it all year ‘round and when it arrives we love nothing better than to bitch about how sunny, hot and muggy it is!

So, whether you are a beach bum or spend most of your summer diving for shade while your little ones scamper around the playground, you need to hydrate.  I mean: You. Need. To. Hydrate.

It’s sooooooooo important.  75% of the human body is made up of water, and it affects all bodily functions and processes.  In fact, you’ll die of dehydration before you die of starvation.  Water is that important.

So how do you know if you’re getting enough?  Chances are, you’re not.  I hate to break it to you, but only about 25% of us routinely consume enough water.  So, if you’ve got any of the following symptoms, you might be dehydrated! Dehydration causes:

Severe dehydration will cause confusion, heart palpitations, weakness and, finally, organ failure and death.

Yikes!

You don’t need to wait until organ failure to know whether you’re getting enough water.  Here’s a yucky but effective way to monitor your hydration: Look at your pee. Keep it in the toilet, please, but look at it!  If your pee is yellow or smelly, you’re probably dehydrated (although medicines, foods and certain conditions can affect the colour & odour of urine as well). When you’re properly hydrated, your pee will be straw coloured and virtually odourless.  Unless it smells like asparagus.  Then you are well hydrated and you probably ate asparagus for dinner.

It takes approximately 2-3 litres of water per day to replenish the body water you lose in routine functions such as breathing, sweating and urinating, among others.  Nursing mothers can add an extra litre to that daily quota in order to maintain an optimal milk supply.  In extreme heat or when exercising, you need even more.  For every 15 minutes of exercise, aim to consume about ½ cup (125 mL) water.  If you’re exercising in extreme heat or for a long period of time, you can weigh yourself before and after your workout and drink an extra 2 cups (500 mL) for every pound of water weight lost.

And do you need to worry about overhydrating?  Clients who have a difficult time remembering to drink their water have – believe it or not – offered the risk of death by overhydration as an excuse for not drinking more water when I ask them to…

Really?  Do I look that stupid?

While the media loves to hype up a strange death like one by “water intoxication,” you’d have to consume around 5-20 L of water in a short period of time to severely overhydrate and risk death.  Drinking up to 1-1.5 L of water per hour of heavy sweating (such as during exercise or in extreme heat) is safe.

So fill up your stainless bottle and get drinking.  And, while you’re at it, get your ass moving and earn that water!

You can find Dara at www.fitfamily.ca (personal training/blog) or www.bellybootcamp.ca (prenatal & postnatal fitness for modern mommies).  Dara is a mommy of two & lives in Toronto with her own little fit family.

 

 

 

Congratulations it’s a boy!  Or a girl!  You’ve just had a baby!  You have this precious little bundle in your arms that is beautiful and completely dependent on you. But…now you’re also tired, sleep deprived, your body is unrecognizeable – soft and squishy in all the wrong places – and your breasts are sore and swollen.   And you wonder to yourself, “How am I supposed to look good in these circumstance?”

First off, stash away your jewelry – earrings, necklaces etc.  just offer an uncomfortable distraction to your babe, and can often be a safety hazard.  Then, think casual chic and simple, simple, simple.

Maxi dresses are a great idea for the summer.  The loose and flowy ones let you breathe and hide a multitude of sins whether it’s post-pregnancy squish or legs that you’re too tired to shave.  They come in so many wonderful patterns to brighten your mood and hide any spit-up and food stains!  A soft and stretchy tank underneath is a great cover for that nursing bra and all you have to do is pull it all down on one side to nurse that little one.  Throw on a simple jean jacket, or soft cardigan and a belt tied at your natural waist and you’ve got a cute outfit.

The belt at the right place is key.  Post-pregnancy, you’re likely to be the narrowest at your natural waist or higher.  So, accentuate that area and camouflage the rest.  Two or three belts should do you: one in a medium brown that goes with almost anything, and one in a light beige or pale color that works great with summer clothing and adds a pop of color. And a black one is never a bad idea.

Another essential is a light button up shirt and an a-line skirt.  A light button-up in a fun summer color works great because you can look put together, but then just undo a few buttons to nurse your babe.  You may not fit in your own button ups with those milk filled bosoms, so just grab one on sale, or at a thrift store.  Or, if you don’t have time, wear it unbuttoned at the bust with a lacy or stretchy tank underneath.   Pair it with a great a-line skirt and one of those belts and you’re set.

A great a-line skirt hides those tummies and hips that are recovering from pregnancy.  It also creates a beautiful and timeless silhouette that looks wonderful on anyone.  Just ask Marilyn Monroe or Audrey Hepburn.

Finally, a great pair of Bermuda shorts is something you could use this summer.  Don’t spend too much money because as your body heals those shorts won’t fit next season.  But do get a pair that is well cut. Bermudas are great because they’re flattering on every figure and they cut a long and lean line.  Put it together with a tank, t-shirt(remember to keep it low-cut for easy baby access to milk) or that button-up and throw in a fun colored belt or wrap a scarf around your neck and you’re ready for a bbq or a coffee date or anything else that strikes your fancy.

The one accessory you shouldn’t forget about is a light scarf in a fun solid color.  A solid color is less likely to clash with any of the above mentioned outfits and it provides great coverage when you’re out of the house and need to nurse.  If you forgot your cover, or you just don’t want to dig around, you just pull that wide scarf over yourself and your little one and away you go.  Also, in those early months, you’re likely to leak through everything you’re wearing several times a day, and the scarf is a great cover for those times as well!

The best thing is that everything is interchangeable.  You can pair a maxi dress with a button-up over it and tie a belt around to create a totally different look.  Or take that a-line, pair it with a simple tee and throw on a jean jacket.  And as for shoes?  One pair of simple nude colored flat sandals will do.  Flats or a low heel are best for changing and tired bodies.  And it goes with everything, so you never have to think about it!

But mostly smile!  Have patience with your body.  Don’t compare yourself to anyone.  And cut yourself a lot of slack.  Your body has just undergone the most radical of changes possible in the natural world.  And it will continue to do so over the next few months.  Don’t try to put on your skinny jeans yet.  In fact, shove them to the darkest, deepest part or your closet  and don’t you dare look at them until at least nine months down the road.  Remember, it took that long for your body to change; it should take at least that long to change back.

If you have any questions or just want to read about the often crazy, always hilarious, fashion life of a fellow mom check out ModaMama

 

The Run-Down:

 

Registration is now available for session 2 which starts the week of July 18th. Based on popular demand for our sold out class in Leslievilles lil’ bean n’ green, we have added a second class at that location.

Here is the classes available:

Click here to register or to view additional information on these sessions.

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